I had dropped Ian off at work and was heading toward the local Fry’s grocery store thinking about what to make with the steaks I thawed earlier in the day. I wasn’t in the mood for the old fried steak and baked potato combination that had been a go-to when I was feeling particularly carnivorous in the past.
I thought about stir-fry with rice, beef stroganoff, and Mom’s old “goodie steak” recipe with bell peppers and tomatoes, none of which struck my fancy.
I had a vision of the big cream cheese stuffed jalapeños wrapped with bacon that Fry’s stocks at the meat counter. I began to salivate a little. That was it! I decided I’d purchase a few of those, grab some kind of vegetable, and fry the steaks. No baked potato.
I know, it doesn’t sound like much of an inspiration, yet. Just wait.
Once I got to Fry’s, I picked up a few of the other things I needed and then headed to the meat counter. As I wove through the aisles avoiding the clutches of shoppers, I went over a list of things I had at home to work with. That’s when I remembered the bag of small jalapeños I had sitting on the counter. They were quite small, but maybe I could stuff them anyway.
At the meat counter, I ordered a pound of apple wood smoked bacon for upcoming breakfasts and eyed the giant, pre-stuffed peppers. It wouldn’t be as much work to just purchase them. They were a dollar a piece. I’d bought them in the past for 75 cents. On sale, they had been two for a dollar. Did I really want to spend a dollar for one pepper? The taste would be worth it. But, I thought, what about that bag of peppers at home? They weren’t going to last forever. That’s when I decided to forego the big peppers, turned the cart toward the dairy section, and picked up a package of cream cheese. Then, over in produce I picked up some mushrooms.
At home, I washed a handful of peppers and started slicing them in half. They were much too small to stuff. What would I do with them? I definitely wasn’t going to change my mind about using them. That’ when the inspiration came together. From salivating over a vision of spicy stuffed peppers in the car to standing over my wooden cutting board, a new recipe emerged.
I think I’ll just call it Cream Cheese Beef and Jalapeños. Try it – you’ll like it!
Cream Cheese Beef and Jalapeños
- 1 – 2 lb stew meat or steak, cut into small cubes
- 4 – 6 slices of back, chopped into smaller pieces
- 1 cup small Jalapeños or Serrano Peppers, cut in half longwise
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 4 – 6 large mushrooms, chopped
- 1 package cream cheese
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 2 tbs oil
- 3 cups cooked rice (optional)
- Heat oil in medium sized skillet on medium heat
- Sauté onions, garlic, and peppers until soft
- Add beef and fry until brown on all sides
- Add bacon and fry a few minutes, stirring constantly
- Stir in mushrooms
- Turn heat down to low and cover.
- Simmer until beef is tender, stirring frequently (add a little water if it starts to stick to pan)
- When meat is tender enough for your taste, cut cream cheese into little squares and place all across the top of the meat. Use the entire package of cream cheese.
- Replace lid and simmer for approximately 5 minutes.
- Stir all ingredients together so cream cheese is distributed evenly.
Sadly, I didn't take a photo of this dish. It's probably okay, though. It isn't a pretty looking dish, but I promise you, this is a taste extravaganza!
We liked it, anyway!